This well-equipped full-size SUV shares the same 2.5-litre turbo-diesel engine found in its 4x4 counterpart. The 131kW powerplant is also equipped with 350Nm of torque.
Chugging along, the Pajero Sport has more than enough power to go about its daily routine with ease, but the turbo lag low down the rev range does take some getting used to, particularly when trying to make a quick getaway.
The new engine found under the hood of the Mitsubishi offers a claimed fuel consumption of around 8.5 litres/100km.
With such a high demand for 4x2s in the SUV segment, it was only a matter of time before this vehicle made an appearance on our local scene.
Dressed in the same attire as the 4x4 derivative, the 4x2 has full climate control, seven seats, dusk-sensing headlamps, fog lights and headlamp washers to name but a few.
On the styling front, the facelifted Pajero Sport benefits from a new frontal styling, colour-coded door handles and mirrors along with macho sized 17-inch alloys.
The Pajero Sport is a worthy competitor in its segment. Offering good value for money and high spec levels and safety features, this SUV will appeal to those who like to stay away from the mainstream like the Toyota Fortuner.
Priced at R419 900, the Pajero Sport 4x2 has great versatility and ruggedness. It also comes with a 3-year/100 000km warranty and 5-year/90 000km service plan.